Over 700 children under age 5 die every day world wide of diarrhoeal diseases due to lack of appropriate hand washing practices and infrastructure. In some rural communities, such as Chaco and Salta provinces of Argentina, primary schools lack basic sanitation and water resulting in children being put at risk for getting sick and missing school. This project will go towards installing 20 Hand Washing Stations (HWS) across Argentina to improve access to water, sanitation and handwashing.
The absence of handwashing facilities in schools significantly hampers learning for millions of children, leading to detrimental consequences for their future. Alarmingly, almost half of all schools lack basic hygiene services, with one in three primary schools lacking essential sanitation and water access. Children without proper handwashing facilities are at a heightened risk of infection and diarrheal diseases, resulting in increased school absenteeism.
Through collaboration, advocacy, implementation of the hand washing stations and training with the local communities, this project will contribute to the broader goal of improving washing and hygiene in schools. Along with handwashing, the staff will be trained on how to reuse the water for critical daily tasks such as toilet flushing and floor cleaning. Overall, this project will help schools foster sustainable improvements in sanitation and water services.
In 2022, we partnered with UNICEF to install 76 hand washing stations across the Chaco and Salta regions of Argentina. We are already seeing the impacts of a healthier learning environment, reduced school absenteeism, and improved overall well-being for children in these communities. We hope to continue this impactful work to promote long-term behavior change and empower individuals to prioritize hygiene practices.